Concrete is an extraordinary material that is at once practical, expressive and aesthetically pleasing. From a primal and formless slurry, we can transform concrete in virtually any shape that becomes a solid mass. The possibilities are endless. We can grind, polish, stamp, or stain it. We can embed meaningful objects with in. It feels earthy and is at home in both modern and traditional settings. Cast and shaped, it can feel like stone rounded by the sea. Textured and colored, it can echo the patina of timeworn tile.
How does concrete compare to granite and other solid surface options?
Price-wise granite runs from $35-300 per square foot depending on thickness and rarity and quarrying granite is a huge strain on our environment and resources. The ingredients in our concrete products all come within a 200 mile radius of our workshop. Its all about local ingredients and local craftsmen. Our countertops run $85-125 per square foot while our wall treatments run $15-25 per square foot. When it comes to the forms and shapes to be made, concrete surpasses any stone. Our concrete products can also be made to closely match any Benjamin Moore color, which no other solid surface can offer.
Do concrete countertops have an application in more traditional kitchens?
Yes, absolutely. Style is dictated by design; concrete can adapt to any look and have a “warmer” feel than other natural stones. Edge detailing and decorative inlays can help a concrete counter blend into more traditional environments.
Would concrete countertops be good for outside use?
Concrete is perhaps the most common building material for exterior use on the planet. Our sealers and pigments hold up well in the harsh outdoor conditions, making our concrete products a perfect choice for your outdoor project.
Can I use concrete countertops as a cutting surface?
As with marble or granite, we do not recommend cutting directly on a concrete surface, as it could result in scratches and gouges in the finish of your counter as well as harm the blades of your knives.
Can I put a hot pot directly onto a concrete kitchen counter?
Concrete is heat-resistant but is subject to thermal shock if a red-hot object is placed directly upon it. Although rare, the exposed area may flake or chip away if too much heat is applied. We recommend using trivets for hot cookware.
Can concrete countertops chip, flake or crack?
As with marble and granite, concrete corners and edges can chip if struck by a hard object. Veining can also develop, but these are not structural failures; rather, they are inherent characteristics of the material.
Do concrete countertops stain?
Concrete has approximately the same porosity as marble. Acids (especially red wine, lemon juice, and vinegar) can etch the surface if not cleaned up. Our sealer will help resist stains better than any other sealer, but it won’t make your counter impervious to stains. Luckily, like aged butcher block or marble, a patina on concrete countertops can actually enhance the character of the surface, so a spill is not necessarily a disaster.